Focus on simple and fresh local ingredients in West End. Italian Cuisine on Denman
From the team that brought us the recently closed and long-time downtown community hot spot Tapastree brings us Nook, a neighborhood gem that focuses on fresh local products and simplicity. Nook, a cozy restaurant is quickly gaining a rep for being a new local hotspot known for their simple and affordable menu. They have a short and simple menu and wine list so don’t come in expecting a culinary smorgasboard, like truffle infused, red wine reduced…
I had the orecchiette pasta $17 with Italian sausage, fennel, rapini and chilies. A simple but well done dish, the pasta was cooked andante, the way I like it. My friend had the spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, tomato based sauce with beef. Both dishes could have used a little less salt but, the pasta was not swimming in a pool of oil as seen at many other Italian restaurants. I give them extra points for their noticeable effort in the quality of the ingredients.
As compared to the growing list of Italian restaurants popping up through Downtown Vancouver, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Kitchen, Cibo Trattoria Restaurant is comparable, not only in the quality of the food but, also the value. The pasta dishes at Nook range at $14 -$17 versus Italian Kitchen at $16-$18.
The one thing that sets Nook apart when compared with the other schmoozey Italian restaurants downtown Vancouver, is the neighborhood restaurant vibe, lacking of pretense, lambo’s valet in front or conversations on their next million dollar venture. I truly believe it is the patrons that create the atmosphere and here people were laid back and generally friendly.
Tip: As an up and coming local hotspot this place gets packed fast. I went on a Thursday at 6pm and a half an hour later there was already a 20min lineup.
Yet to try their pizza’s but, have heard rave reviews, so if anyone has tried it, let me know what you thought.781 Denman Street